Thank you Laura for your insight about using textbooks. I called the Rep for
Davis and received a sample copy of the 3rd Edition of The Visual
Experience.(Thanks Ann, for the alert about this new edition) This series will be
perfect for me to fill in the gaps where I do not have the visuals and technology
for my students. So many of you suggested this textbook.
My 10-12th grade students are quite media-savy and are doing some fantastic
work with exploratory-experimental media that combine different processes
together. Except for my Art 1 foundational course, we seem to be evolving into
a workshop type of class where students put their own spin on their work and
we are not working on projects as a "class lesson". It is very exciting!
Our high school art classes meet for one and one-half hours three times a week
and this gives them plenty of time to do this type of art. Since I am a
painter who works in experimental aquamedia, I am comfortable with this approach.
BTW, you may want to check out the "Society of Experimental Artists" (ISEA)
to see what this is all about.